Tata Group and Airbus signed an agreement during French President Macron’s state visit, focusing on indigenous helicopter production.
In a significant development, Tata Group of India and Airbus of France have joined forces to manufacture civilian helicopters with a substantial emphasis on indigenous production.
The agreement, a key outcome of talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron during the latter’s state visit to India, marks a strategic collaboration in the aviation sector.
Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra announced the agreement, highlighting the importance of a ‘significant indigenous and localization component’ in the manufacturing process. The collaboration aims to boost the domestic production of helicopters in India, contributing to the country’s self-reliance in the aviation industry.
N. Chandrasekaran, Chairman, Tata Sons, said, “The Tata Group is delighted to set up India’s first helicopter assembly facility in the private sector. This facility will have the final assembly line in partnership with Airbus for the world’s bestselling Airbus H125 single-engine helicopter for the Indian as well as export markets.”
The partnership between Tata and Airbus signifies a deeper defense industrial collaboration, with plans for co-development and co-production of crucial military hardware and platforms. The defense industrial roadmap also opens avenues for technology collaboration across various domains, including space, land warfare, cyberspace, and artificial intelligence.
During a media briefing, Kwatra outlined the broader scope of the India-France defense industrial roadmap, encompassing cooperation in areas such as robotics, autonomous vehicles, and cyber defense. He emphasized that the collaboration would extend to cutting-edge technologies and facilitate joint efforts in tackling contemporary security challenges.
As part of the discussions, an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was sealed between New Space India Ltd and France’s Arianespace, focusing on cooperation in satellite launches. This move aligns with the broader objectives of enhancing India’s capabilities in space exploration and satellite technology.
In addition to defense and aerospace collaboration, Prime Minister Modi and President Macron deliberated on global issues, including the conflict in Gaza. Their discussions encompassed various dimensions of the conflict, addressing aspects of terrorism and humanitarian concerns.
The leaders also exchanged perspectives on the evolving security situation in the Red Sea, considering potential disruptions and actual developments in the region. Macron commenced his two-day trip to India with a visit to Jaipur and later participated as the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations at the Kartavya Path. The Tata-Airbus collaboration reflects a significant stride toward strengthening India’s capabilities in aviation and defense manufacturing.